Buying a home is an exciting time for so many people, but it’s not without its logistics. From meeting with a mortgage professional to see what kind of home you’re financially prepared to buy to partnering with a local real estate professional familiar with your local real estate market, there are a lot of steps involved.
When you have finally made an offer on your dream home, that offer is normally contingent on a home inspection, ensuring the property you are buying meets housing codes and regulations and is in the condition it was presented to be in. Often times, your realtor will suggest a home inspector they use and going with that recommendation is often the best route to take, which simplifies the process for you and gets you a vendor that has been vetted already.
However, it’s also a good idea to do your own homework on this home inspection company – looking for the following criteria:
- Report Details – what will your inspection report include and will the age eor location of your home warrant special certifications? Will you get a sample report so you can gauge how thoroughly your home will be inspected?
- Professional References – like any other vendor, getting phone numbers and names of people who have used your home inspector’s services in the past give your insight into their abilities.
- Memberships – National and state associations of home inspectors is not a requirement for an inspector to be in business, but they do ensure that your home inspection professional is keeping current on training and education in their field. It is not a make or break situation, but can help be a tipping point if you are unsure if you want to work with a vendor.
- Liability Coverage – Check to see what liability the home inspector has once the inspection is over that protects you from mistakes in their report that can cost you money later.
Your home inspector will provide a thorough review of your property.
Climbing on the roof, crawling in the attic and checking out the crawlspace are all included. They’re responsibility is to vet that your new home is a good investment and to report any and all issues that reduce the value of the property including plumbing, electrical issues, condition of current appliances, heating and air conditioning as well as windows and ventilation amongst other areas.
So do your homework, and partner with the right home inspector so you know your home investment is a sound one.